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Old 08-01-2006, 08:30 PM   #1
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Default What "improvements" have you done to your vette?

Just curious what sort of work everyone has done to improve their vette. Anywhere from engines to suspension to interior to comfort stuff.

Here's my '81:

Rebuilt engine with slightly higher compression and hyper pistons
Mild cam (Summit 1103)
Converted to non-computerized carb and ignition (Edelbrock 1904 + ProComp HEI, carb was tuned by lars, timed by the Corvette shop)
255-60-15 Radials all around
Longtube Headers (summit special)
Semi-custom sidepipes (used Patriot pipes as a start)
KYB Gas-a-justs in front
Vansteel Poly rebuild kit in front
Customized 4 wheel alignment (per VBP's recommendations)
Northern Factory Aluminum Radiator (hotrodsusa.com for $308 shipped)
MP3 cd player + pioneer front speakers + kenwood rear speakers


Of course this list is not complete without the future planned modifications!

VB&P front and rear composite springs
steeroids
2004R
17" or 18" rims & tires
427 or 454 motown engine
Re-upholstered interior
Little subwoofer
200mph speedometer
Paint job

I think after all of that I'm done... so about $20 grand?
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Old 08-01-2006, 08:51 PM   #2
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Really cool steering-wheel cover from pep-boys.
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Old 08-01-2006, 09:08 PM   #3
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1970 Convertible

Current:

LS1 Fuel Injected 346 engine
T56 6-speed manual
MAD chambered exhaust
C5 Z06 master,rotors and calipers
Boyd Nemesis wheels 17 front 18 rear
Kumho Ecsta MX tires
Bilstien shocks
Electric fans
Luggage rack

Future:

Classic Instruments gauges
Power brakes
Long tube headers with cutouts
ASA cam
Fiero seats
Shoulder belts
Two tone interior - Blue and white
Daytime Running Lights
Push button start/stop
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1970 Convertible

Current:

LS1 Fuel Injected 346 engine
T56 6-speed manual
MAD chambered exhaust
C5 Z06 master,rotors and calipers
Boyd Nemesis wheels 17 front 18 rear
Kumho Ecsta MX tires
Bilstien shocks
Electric fans
Luggage rack

Future:

Classic Instruments gauges
Power brakes
Long tube headers with cutouts
ASA cam
Fiero seats
Shoulder belts
Two tone interior - Blue and white
Daytime Running Lights
Push button start/stop
What did it take to mount the Z06 brakes?
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Old 08-01-2006, 09:23 PM   #5
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What we need is a best improvement thread--otherwise most of us could go on forever.
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Old 08-01-2006, 09:25 PM   #6
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What we need is a best improvement thread--otherwise most of us could go on forever.
Dunno, I consider all of my improvements to be huge compared to what it was like when I got it.
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Old 08-01-2006, 10:29 PM   #7
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I could start at the nose of my car and work my way to the back, the list would bore you half to death. I have replaced most everything including the engine, de-bubba-ized a slew of stuff, and just tried to get everything to work right again. It has been a 2 year labor of love and frustration and it ain't done yet.
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Old 08-01-2006, 10:39 PM   #8
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i did what most are afraid to do and love to hate.....
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Old 08-01-2006, 10:57 PM   #9
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i did what most are afraid to do and love to hate.....
huh?
i could fill a page. could u imagine Twin Turbos list, Yikes!
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What did it take to mount the Z06 brakes?
A lot more than they're worth.

New caliper brackets front and rear, remove front dust shield, cut rear dust shield, new soft lines front and rear, turn down the front hubs, machine the rear rotors, manual master with booster or smaller manual master.

But hey, at least they look cool.
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Old 08-01-2006, 11:04 PM   #11
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rosslato...got a deal for ya...you do your turbo's and I'll do my Pro-Charger....Sounds like a fun winter.
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Old 08-01-2006, 11:15 PM   #12
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Maintenance aside:
1978....cut front coils and lowered front end !"...set alignment for "aggressive street"...

1969....dumped the TRW composite/KYB's and installed a Guldstrand 7 leaf steel spring and Bilstein Sports..

Rich
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Mine came improved

ZZ4
Rebuilt M21 with Hurst Shifter
Griffin aluminum radiator and dual Spals
March Serpentine System
VBP suspension bits/Bilstein shocks
L88 hood
17" AR Hopsters (which I exchanged for a brand new set of AR Hopsters and tires that I already had, so it looks the same )
Hooker side mounts with uncapped STS racing baffles (the prototypes installed by the guy at STS ) and now discontinued heat shields from STS
Completely rebuilt brake system
New gas tank
Hurst Line Lock
Rebuilt headlight system

Things I did...didn't really need anything (only cosmetic and safety):
Aluminum valve covers and air cleaner
Billet Specialties Hopster steering wheel
Big632 gas lid
Vetteworks chrome fire extinguisher and bracket

Future:

Keisler 5-speed
Try and fix the annoying little leaks
Paint (maybe)
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Old 08-02-2006, 02:31 AM   #14
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Here's a pictorial answer for those who can't read....



I need to update this collage....I've since added a BB/LT1 hood and a rebuilt steering box
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Old 08-02-2006, 06:03 AM   #15
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I'm in the process of a complete suspension/steering/brake rebuild with ES red polyurethane bushings, VB&P 460 lb front springs (I may end up going to 550s, we'll see once it's on the road), a VB&P dual-mount rear spring, Jeep steering box, Northern aluminum radiator, Lincoln Mark VIII cooling fan, Delco CS144 alternator, Autometer Phantom gauges, the leather seats (driver's side fully adjustable) from my dead 1990 Eagle Talon, a new stereo system (built with parts that were in the Talon), pop-out rear window, power windows and door locks, upgraded A/C, and probably a few more things that are currently slipping my mind. Now if that stupid passenger-side shock mount would just pop free...
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I can't type that much.

It's on my site below.
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Improved motor (Edelbrock intake and heads, roller rockers, flat-top pistons, Crane Cam, Holley carb, recurved distributor, etc....)
Added OD Trans (the best mod ever)
Leather seatscovers and foam, carpet replaced, DIN CD Player and rear spreakers.
New suspension and fiberglass rear spring.
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Baby moon hubcaps and a "Not Correctly Restored Stingray" sticker. Bunch of cabin insulation/ventilation. Aircraft landing lights. Ongoing bits and pieces and mods I don't even remember what or when.
And a few other little things, see profile.

John

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Let's see:

2 turbos
2 intercoolers
4 double carbs
full stainless exhaust system
Front steering end take off rack and pinion
4 corner coil overs
double a arm rear suspension
shimless adjustable fropnt suspension
6 speed
C4 dana 44 differential
flip front
Lowered 32 gal fuel cell
6 piston front and 4 piston rear wilwood integra calipers
Super lightweight mudular mag centered spun alu rim halved wheels
very large double pass radiator
remote thermostat using volvo element
differential pump & cooler
transmission pump & cooler
Shock tower support bar
14 pnt rollcage
Simspon cam lock 5pnt belts
Autometer ultra lite gauges
Moroso 1/2"- 3" length wheel studs
4x H4 hi/lo beams
Dry sump oiling w/ adjustable cooler flow and remote HP6 equiv. filter base & filter
Remote adjustable oil pressure regulator
all steel brake lines
stewart lock resistant brake valve

...and lots more.....

currently 95% unstock

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Hooker headers and side pipes
And an ’80 rear bumper
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